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Edward ‘Jack’ Dunham

Franchise Lawyer Known for Subway Work Passes Away

Christian Nolan | May 8, 2015

Colleagues at Wiggin and Dana say Edward "Jack" Dunham was the top franchise lawyer in the country. His clients included the largest franchisor in the world—Milford-based Subway.

Newtown Victims' Families Settle Lawsuits Against Shooter's Mother

By Christian Nolan |

The families of 16 victims of the Newtown school shooting would split $1.5 million under proposed settlements of lawsuits against the estate of the gunman's mother.

Martha Stone

Legislators, Lawyers Call for Reforms After Report Reveals Problems in Juvenile Detention Centers

By Christian Nolan |

The findings in a report issued by the state Office of the Child Advocate seemed to shock both lawmakers and the general public.


Mark Dubois: Legal Profession Changing, But Glass May Be Half Full

By Mark Dubois |

I was at yet another symposium on the future of law schools and the practice of law the other day. The universal response from most participants seemed to be that while no one thought we would cease to be a relevant and viable part of the social and commercial fabric of our society, in years to come, things may be very, very different. And maybe that will be a good thing

Attorney Gets One-Year Suspension for Impersonating Another Lawyer

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A judge has suspended a Windsor attorney for one year for allegedly misrepresenting himself as a different attorney during a police investigation more than a decade ago.

Editorial: Balancing Law Enforcement, Technology and Privacy Concerns

Moore's Law predicted a biennial increase in computer processor speed (more accurately in integrated circuitry capacity) whereby processor speed would double every two years.

Themis Klarides

Immunization Laws in Conn., Elsewhere Raise Religious Freedom Issues

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

The debate over mandated vaccinations for schoolchildren has become a contentious one, with some groups voicing concerns that constitutional rights are being violated as many states make it more difficult for parents to opt out of having their children vaccinated for religious reasons.

Angelo Ziotas

Court Cites Doctor's Inappropriate Testimony, Reverses Med-Mal Decision

By Megan Spicer |

In his 2012 medical malpractice trial, Dr. Samuel Maryles appeared in two capacities. He was the defendant. And he also served as an expert witness, in the eyes of the state Appellate Court. The court said the mixing of roles was improper, and the judges overturned a trial court verdict that had spared Maryles liability in a wrongful death case.

Karyl Carrasquilla

Panel Recommends New State Disciplinary Counsel

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

An interview panel has recommended a longtime member of the state's Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel to be the office's new leader.

University, Town Go To Court Over Dorm Space Dispute

By Megan Spicer |

Quinnipiac University and its host town, Hamden, are feuding over just how much dormitory space the school is obligated to provide. This month, the private university sued the town and its Zoning Board of Appeals for issuing fines of $150 a day since February for what's being called noncompliance with a special permit.

Commentary: Legal Aid Resource Center Should Be Saved

Legal aid agencies in Connecticut are responsible for ensuring that high-quality civil legal services are available for low-income persons. Funding has rarely been stable, and when constrained, difficult choices must be made. These choices should ensure critical functions are maintained.

Tom Mooney

School Sex Scandal Keeps Lawyers Busy, Creates Tension Between Rival Firms

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

In the past year, the city of Stamford has become the poster child for the dangers of teacher-student sex and the serious consequences for professionals who fail to report suspicions. A long-running scandal has resulted in an array of media reports about criminal prosecutions, civil lawsuits and the derailments of school administrators' careers.

Joseph De Lucia and Nicole Levine

Judge Awards $237,000 to Girl Attacked by Big Dog

By Christian Nolan |

A 12-year-old girl bitten in the face by a neighbor's dog has been awarded nearly $237,000 by a judge following a trial in Bridgeport.


Norm Pattis: Finding Trouble While Fighting Courtroom Boredom

By Norm Pattis |

It's been about 20 years since I was last locked up against my will. The other day, I thought I saw a cell in my future. My offense? Reading a newspaper in a courtroom. Oh, my.

Peter J. Brown

Head-Injured Motorcyclist Receives $534,000 Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A man who was thrown from his motorcycle when another driver suddenly turned left in front of him has been awarded nearly $534,000 by a Hartford jury.

Alice Bruno

Conn. Judge Resigns ABA Leadership Post

By Law Tribune Staff |

Connecticut's representative on the American Bar Association's Board of Governors has stepped down.

Conn. Firm Sues Out-of-State Lawyer for Stealing Blog Postings

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Two tax law firms on opposite coasts are locked in a dispute, but their argument has nothing to do with taxes.

Nominate Young Lawyers For Boston "Rising Stars" Recognition

The National Law Journal, in conjunction with the Connecticut Law Tribune, would like to spotlight Boston Rising Stars. And we're extending our deadline for applications to give you a little more time to nominate someone.

William Dow

Commentary: A More Relaxed Voir Dire Works Better for All Parties

By William F. Dow III |

As a defense lawyer, I've always believed that voir dire in a criminal case is, in many ways, the most important part of a trial. It's an opportunity to make a good first impression; to find out who is likely to accept the theory of the case; to disclose biases and prejudices and, importantly, to determine who can set them aside. I think it is interesting to explore peoples' backgrounds and attitudes, to try and identify people with whom I can communicate and ultimately to get them on the jury. But to do that I need candid information. The usual criminal voir dire process often doesn't produce that.

Appellate Court Asked to Settle Another Affordable Housing Dispute

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

In another legal battle over the proposed development of an affordable housing project, Milford wants the state Appellate Court to overturn a trial judge's decision that cleared the way for a 23-unit project in the city.

Court Sides With Doctor After Breast Implant Patient Casts Blame for Infection

By Christian Nolan |

The state Appellate Court has upheld a jury's defense verdict in the case of a woman who sued her doctor after her breast implant developed an infection.

Editorial: Confederate Flag Debate Brings Out Overbearing Thought Police

The political thought police have had a field day trying to purge the country's public and private life of the Civil War's Confederate battle flag. It is hard to argue that whatever the banner's original cultural meaning might have been, it has been usurped by the white supremacist racist movement.

Flemming Norcott

Husband Sought Damages After Learning Wife's Ex-Boss Fathered Two Children

By Christian Nolan |

When David DiMichele was married, his wife gave birth to two children. He raised them as his own for 10 years, only to eventually find out that his wife's former boss was the biological father. That revelation gave rise to a five-year court battle between the husband, the wife and her ex-boss. It's a case that still may not be over.

Michael Ross

Legal Journalist's Book Details Decade-Long Relationship With Serial Killer Michael Ross

By Megan Spicer |

Martha Elliott had already spent months exchanging letters with Michael Ross. They had spoken on the phone several times. But she had no idea how she would react when she first saw him in a New London courtroom one early fall day in 1995 waiting for a hearing to begin.


Mark Dubois: Judge's Research Reveals Era When Courts Relied on 'Word of God'

By Mark Dubois |

Superior Court Judge Jon C. Blue has just published a gem of a book summarizing and commenting on cases before the General Court of the New Haven Colony from 1639-63.

Jonathan Orleans

Possible Pitfalls of Contractual Choice of Law Provisions

By Jonathan Orleans |

As a general proposition, it is difficult to enforce broadly drawn contractual provisions restricting post-employment competition, whether contained in or ancillary to employment agreements.

Robert G. Brody and Alexander Friedman

Transgender Workers Gaining Legal Ground

By Robert Brody and Alexander Friedman |

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Obergefell v. Hodges legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the United States, this is a good time for employers to review policies relating to another group for whom the legal landscape has begun to change significantly – transgender individuals.


Drawing the Line Between Intern and Employee

By Eric Sussman and James Leva |

On July 2, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its decision in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 11435, establishing a new test to determine whether an individual is appropriately classified as an unpaid intern or an employee entitled to compensation for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


Interns Are Entitled to 'Fair Day's Pay'

By Maria Garcia-Quintner and Gary Phelan |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit case of Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, No. 13-4478-CV, 2015 WL 4033018 (July 2, 2015), better known as the "Black Swan" interns case, has attracted considerable media attention.


Rule Will Restrict Scope of White-Collar OT Exemption

By David R. Golder and Jillian R. Orticelli |

After more than 15 months of waiting, the U.S. Department of Labor has issued its much-anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) setting forth potential changes to regulations governing overtime exemptions for executive, administrative and professional employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Richard C. Robinson

The Muddled Law on 'English-Only' Rules

By Richard C. Robinson |

A client asked me a few years ago if "English-only" workplace rules were legal because his Hispanic warehouse workers were filing complaints with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission challenging his rules requiring employees to speak only in English while working. My answer was that the law on the subject was muddled. It still is.

Joshua Goodbaum

The Supreme Court of Stability?

By Joshua R. Goodbaum |

The U.S. Supreme Court's most recent term was one for the history books. With Obamacare, lethal injection, air pollution, gerrymandering, the Confederate battle flag, and (of course) same-sex marriage all on its docket, the court seemed to take a swing at many of the most divisive social and political issues of our day.

Robert Mitchell

California Teachers Case Could Set Off Tremors

By Robert Mitchell |

On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, No. 14-915, 2015 WL 407687, portending possible significant revisions in public sector collective bargaining around the country, not excepting Connecticut. If the court accepts the petitioners' arguments, public sector unions will face a potential decrease in funding that could diminish their economic and political power.

Erin O'Neil-Baker

Federal Court Decision Thwarts Immigration Initiatives

By Erin O'Neil-Baker |

A February decision by a U.S. District Court judge in Texas to grant a preliminary injunction against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has affected Connecticut residents and is contrary to established law that states have no authority to enforce or interfere with the immigration laws of the U.S.

Peter Murphy

Using Independent Medical Exams for Employees

By Peter J. Murphy |

When an employee advises an employer about physical or mental health issues, the employer must carefully respond and be aware of the employee's rights and the risks associated with asking the wrong question or taking the wrong action.

Gugsa Abraham ‘Abe’ Dabela

NAACP Wants Investigation Into Conn. Attorney's Death

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Abe Dabela was 35 years old and life seemed to be going well. He had come to the legal profession late, after a series of jobs in the health care industry, and had recently completed a stint as an associate at a major law firm. He loved riding motorcycles and was passionate about health care, social justice and the Second Amendment.

Flemming Norcott

Husband Seeks Damages After Learning Wife's Ex-Boss Fathered Two Children

By Christian Nolan |

When David DiMichele was married, his wife gave birth to two children. He raised them as his own for 10 years, only to eventually find out that his wife's former boss was the biological father. That revelation gave rise to a five-year court battle between the husband, the wife and her ex-boss. It's a case that still may not be over.

Law Firm Told to Pay $935,000 in Malpractice Case From 1990s

By Megan Spicer |

A legal malpractice case against Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder has outlasted the original plaintiff and his wife, and has grown so complex it has been referred to as a trial within a trial within a trial.

Woman Wins $770,000 After Fall on Defective Sidewalk

By Christian Nolan |

A dental hygienist who can no longer work because of a hand injury she sustained after taking a fall on a faulty sidewalk was recently awarded more than $770,000 by a Hartford jury.

Bicoastal attorney Loredana Nesci

Former Conn. Lawyer Who Starred in Reality TV Show Killed in California

By Law Tribune Staff |

A Meriden native who worked at two Connecticut law firms before moving to California and starring in a reality television show has died. Police say Loredana Nesci, who billed herself as the "Legal Diva," was found dead Wednesday in the Redondo Beach, California, home she shared with her longtime boyfriend and father of her child.

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New Conn. Hispanic Bar President Plans to Push Diversity Efforts

By Megan Spicer |

When Maggie Castinado was called for jury duty while a college undergraduate in Fort Collins, Colorado, she found she was the only minority in the jury pool that day. She eventually served on a panel that decided the fate of two black men charged in Connecticut with a burglary.

Monique Ferraro

With Data Breaches on Rise, New State Law Expands Mandates

By Monique Ferraro |

Earlier this month, legislation was introduced in Congress to provide lifetime identity theft protection services to victims of the breach. And the state of Connecticut is taking aggressive action as well.

Financial Giant to Pay Conn. $2 Million to Settle 'Robo-Signing' Allegations

By Christian Nolan |

The state of Connecticut is slated to receive more than $2 million as part of a settlement agreement between JPMorgan Chase and 47 states over allegations that the financial services giant used illegal tactics to go after consumers who were delinquent in their credit card payments.


Norm Pattis: A Stunning Settlement in New York Chokehold Case

By Norm Pattis |

Toward the end of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," the politically correct Atticus Finch—you know, the fellow who emerged after the more nuanced Atticus was rejected by publishers—utters the following to his children, Jem and Scout: "Don't fool yourselves—it's all adding up and one of these days we're going to pay the bill for it. I hope it's not in you children's time."

Court Upholds Judge's Decision to Bar Expert Testimony on Eyewitness Unreliability

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that a trial judge did not err when he barred the testimony of an expert witness who was prepared to testify in a robbery trial about the unreliability of eyewitnesses.

Conn. Toy Company Accuses Competitors of Copyright Infringement

By Megan Spicer |

A Wilton toy company has filed a federal lawsuit against a toy manufacturer and a toy distributor, accusing it of recreating and selling one of the company's copyrighted toys, descibed as "a plush toolbox set."

Second Circuit Upholds Rules Governing Conn. Teeth-Whitening Businesses

By Associated Press |

A federal appeals court has ruled that Connecticut was justified in imposing certain regulations on teeth-whitening businesses, the latest turn in a four-year battle over the state's dental health rules.

Patricia King

Patricia King: How Lawyers Can Survive a Random Audit

By Patricia King |

It seems like a pretty good day until the mail arrives. You get a letter from First Assistant Bar Counsel Frances Mickelson-Dera on behalf of the Statewide Grievance Committee, and you might think it's the beginning of your worst nightmare. You've been selected for a random audit.

Editorial: A Historic Day for LGBT Civil Rights

On June 26, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced the 5-4 majority decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, recognizing marriage as a fundamental right for same-sex couples.

A California company claims the owners of this Westport home moved out without returning more than 100 pieces of furniture and other items that had been rented to make the house more attractive to potential buyers.

Judge Orders Couple to Pay $800,000 for Failure to Return Rental Furniture

By Megan Spicer |

The house on Cooper Lane in Westport is something out of a magazine. After navigating a private driveway, a visitor comes upon a large Georgian colonial, whose impressive mahogany front door is flanked by large stone pillars. Inside, a grand staircase fills the foyer before heading into the rest of the seven-bedroom home in the Gold Coast community.

Michelle Cruz: Judge Asked Wrong Questions to Baby's Abused Mother

By Michelle Cruz |

Obtaining a restraining order is not easy for a victim of abuse. Many times it takes weeks, months or even years for the victim to muster the courage and strength to ask the courts to protect her from an abusive partner.

Michelle Duprey

Conn. Lawyers Mark ADA's 25th Anniversary With Multiple Events

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

With the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act coming up this month, advocates for people with disabilities are looking back at the progress the country has made, while pushing for future changes to make everything—from buildings to websites —more accessible.

Ex-Wrestlers, WWE Square Off Over Concussion Claims in Conn. Federal Court

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

In their years in the ring, pro wrestlers such as "Blackjack Mulligan" and the "Dynamite Kid" battled opponents, using such signature moves as the diving shoulder block. It's no secret that the match outcomes are scripted, but retired wrestlers say the physical contact is real and often painful.

Family Collects $6.25 Million Settlement After Motorcyclist Killed by Drunk Driver

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Mary Esposito v. Shawn Osinski, et al.: A lawsuit filed by the mother of a motorcyclist killed by a drunk driver in a 2010 collision in Hartford has been settled for $6.25 million.

Pro Se Accused of Filing Frivolous Lawsuit Sues Newspaper for Defamation

By Megan Spicer |

It was, on the surface, a bit ironic. A pro se plaintiff who was mentioned in an article about serial filers of lawsuits sued the article's authors and the newspaper that printed it.

John Kennedy Jr. and Stephanie Roberge

Heart Attack Victim's Estate Gets $2.5M After Doctors Fail to Review Test Results

By Christian Nolan |

A Bridgeport jury has awarded more than $2.4 million to the family of a man who died from a heart attack weeks after they say two doctors misdiagnosed his heart condition.

Karen Jarmoc

New Family Violence Task Force May Review Judges' Training

By Associated Press |

A new task force is being formed to examine family violence in Connecticut, including the effects it can have on children.

William Clendenen

Commentary: Criticism of Judge Who Denied Restraining Order Based on Misunderstanding of Law

By William H. Clendenen |

The recent death of Aaden Moreno is a horrific tragedy. The circumstances that would drive a father to kill his child are unimaginable. However, the criticism leveled against Superior Court Judge Barry Pinkus by some because of what they perceive to be his failure in issuing a restraining order against Tony Moreno from seeing his child are unjustified.

Misdiagnosed Heart Ailment Leads to $6.3 Million Verdict

By Megan Spicer |

Had doctors ordered a cardiac evaluation for Dwayne Kantorowski before he left St. Vincent's Medical Center on July 15, 2011, he probably would not have had a heart attack and died, his family claimed. As a result of a misdiagnosis that lead to the 45-year-old man's death, Kantorowski's next of kin—his brother and sister-in-law—were awarded more than $6 million following a three-week jury trial.

Attorney Extradited to New York to Face Larceny Charge

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A former New York attorney living in Fairfield is facing a grand larceny charge for allegedly stealing the money of a couple involved in a real estate transaction last year.

Conn. Court Overturns $35 Million Verdict Against Insurer in Auto Repair Shop Class Action

By Christian Nolan |

The state's highest court has overturned a nearly $35 million verdict in a class action lawsuit accusing The Hartford insurance company of scheming to fix the rates it paid for auto body repairs.


Norm Pattis: Peering Into the Abyss With a Fictional Judge

By Norm Pattis |

By the time you read this, I will have packed up after a summer's month on Cape Cod, where my wife and I hid away with boxes of books, our dogs and walking shoes. What will I recall best about this break?

James Riley

Financier Accused of Launching Defamatory Website Ordered to Pay $200,000

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Customers often write reviews of contractors online following home improvement projects, but a Darien couple who created an Internet website to criticize a former contractor has been ordered to pay a hefty arbitration award for allegedly crossing the line into defamation.


Mark Dubois: Judge Shouldn't Be Blamed for Baby's Death

By Mark Dubois |

Barry Pinkus is a good man and a good judge. It is beyond sad that he finds himself in the crosshairs of public opinion over the unfortunate death of the baby recently thrown from the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown. He did nothing wrong.

Rapper Loses $5 Million Verdict, Files for Bankruptcy in Conn.

By Associated Press |

Rapper 50 Cent has filed for federal bankruptcy protection, days after a jury ordered him to pay $5 million in an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit.

Connecticut Superior Court Judges Henry Cohn, left, and Jon Blue recently visited Runnymede, the place in England where Magna Carta was signed 800 years ago.

Conn. Judges Reflect on Trip to England for Magna Carta Anniversary

By Henry S. Cohn and Jon Blue |

Toward the end of World War II, the king of England, George VI, was complaining about a restriction of the royal prerogative imposed by Winston Churchill's government.

Lawsuit Accuses Police of Touching Private Parts During Pat Downs

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

When two black brothers were pulled over by a cop in the city of New London, the officer frisked them both, allegedly touching their genitals and their buttocks. When one of them protested and turned around during the pat down, he was arrested for interfering with the police officer.


Contracts Enforced and Claims Barred

By Gary F. Sheldon and Rory M. Farrell |

In a string of recent trial and appellate decisions, courts have made it clear that contractual provisions governing the submission of claims will be enforced. Consistently strict enforcement of the parties' contract obligations results in more predictable results and avoids the wasteful prosecution and defense of noncompliant claims. Those who neglect to adhere to such provisions can reasonably expect to have their claims barred.


New Law Levels Playing Field for State Contractors

By Donald W. Doeg and Matthew Hallisey |

In its 2012 decision in State v. Lombardo Brothers Mason Contractors (307 Conn. 412), the Connecticut Supreme Court made clear that it was "solely and exclusively" for the legislature to decide whether the ancient legal doctrine of nullum tempus is sound public policy.

Paul McCary

Electric Submetering Arrives in Connecticut

By Paul R. McCary |

New electric submetering rules allow landlords to hold tenants financially accountable for their energy usage and improve the economics of on-site distributed generation such as cogeneration equipment or a fuel cell. Multitenant properties that are either old or have on-site generation provide the best opportunities to take advantage of the new rules.


Venturing Into Virtual and Community Net Metering

By Florence K.S. Davis and Kate Mcginnes |

As part of its initiative in support of renewable energy, Connecticut recently implemented a virtual net metering program, expanding the ability of certain customers to benefit from behind-the-meter, or distributed, generation projects.


AAA Streamlines Construction Arbitration Rules

By Jared Cohane, Alexa Millinger and Reggie Dorvilus |

Arbitration was traditionally the preferred dispute resolution path for the construction industry. Arbitrators with specialized knowledge of the construction process, construction law and no mandates with respect to the scope of permissible discovery were designed to make arbitration a cost-effective and streamlined dispute resolution option. In practice, however, that has not necessarily been the case.


Unintended Consequences and the C-Pace Program

By M. Anne Peters, Maureen Hanley-Bellitto and Nicole King |

In 2012 the Connecticut legislature created the Connecticut Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program. The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, now known as the Green Bank, administers the program, which allows nonresidential building owners to finance qualifying energy efficiency and clean energy improvements by placing a voluntary assessment on their property tax bill, similar to a sewer benefit assessment.


Site Safety and Protecting the Public

By Steven Lapp |

There is no question that contractors performing overhead work have a duty to protect pedestrians and passersby from falling objects. A recent Connecticut Supreme Court decision makes clear, however, the scope and extent of that duty are apparently less certain, and contractors might still be found liable to third parties injured by falling objects, despite having complied with the customary site safety practices established within their industry.


Dispute Illustrates 'Substantial Performance' Doctrine

By Jared Cohane and Peter J. Martin |

Construction contracting, unlike most other contractual transactions, often leaves open to interpretation the question of whether a contract has been sufficiently performed to entitle a party to payment. It is virtually impossible to have the equivalent of the Uniform Commercial Code's "perfect tender" in construction contracting.

Five Years After Middletown Plant Explosion, Dozens of Claims Still Pending

By Christian Nolan |

Many of the wrongful death and personal injury claims arising out of the 2010 Middletown natural gas explosion at the Kleen Energy power plant were resolved a year later through mediation efforts in state courts.

Susan Garcia Nolfi

Legal Aid Funding Crisis Leads to Office Closing

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

The financial hard times continue for the state's three major legal aid agencies, prompting them to close a Hartford office that lobbied the legislature and conducted educational outreach to potential clients.

Paul Knierim

Commentary: Legislature Forces Probate Courts to Dramatically Increase Fees

By Paul J. Knierim |

When the new fiscal year began on July 1, Connecticut's method of financing the operating costs of the probate courts changed dramatically—and for the worse.

Christopher Brown

With Thousands of Foreclosures Pending, State Extends Mediation Program

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

As the economy worsened in 2008, foreclosures skyrocketed in Connecticut and elsewhere. In an effort to prevent clogged court dockets—and to keep homeowners in their homes—Connecticut launched the country's first foreclosure mediation program.

Second Circuit Scolds State for Delayed Food Stamp Distribution

By Megan Spicer |

A federal appeals court has found that Connecticut takes far too long to process food stamp applications and distribute food stamps.


Norm Pattis: Court's Abrupt Ruling Another Twist in Long-Delayed Case

By Norm Pattis |

On a couple of occasions in recent years, I wrote here about a case of mine seemingly lost in the bowels of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. It involves a claim by a former police officer that she was retaliated against in violation of her First Amendment rights.

Mike Golic

Conn. IP Firm Helps ESPN Star Patent A Really Cool Cooler

By Megan Spicer |

If you've ever gone tailgating, either at a sports event or an outdoor concert, then you probably have witnessed or experienced what some could call an unintentional workout.

William Gallagher

Probe Reveals Iconic Lawyer Owed Clients Nearly $2 Million

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

After New Haven attorney William Gallagher died on Christmas Day 2013, dozens of Connecticut lawyers stepped forward to sing his praises.

Lewis Rome

Update: Late Law Firm Leader Praised for Work With Mohegans, UConn

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Lewis Rome was known for his tenure as a state senator and his efforts as a trustee on behalf of the University of Connecticut. But as they view his legal career, many of his former colleagues are calling his work with the Mohegan tribe among his greatest successes.

Truck Driver Hits 14 Vehicles; Employer Escapes Liability

By Christian Nolan |

The employer of a man who took a company truck and went on a drugged-out joyride through the east side of Stamford, crashing into 14 vehicles, has been found not liable for any of the injuries its employee caused.

John Cordani

Conn. Supreme Court Cites Right-to-Counsel Issue in Overturning Murder Verdict

By Megan Spicer |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a defendant who was found guilty of killing his girlfriend, as the justices ruled the man was improperly forced to choose between two constitutional guarantees: testifying on his own behalf or exercising his right to counsel.

Doctor Settles Medicare Fraud Allegations for $219,000

By Christian Nolan |

A Ridgefield doctor has agreed to pay the federal government $219,000 in a civil settlement over allegations that he fraudulently billed the Medicare health care program.

Editorial: Lawmakers Were Right to Require Release of Police Records

The Connecticut legislature is to be commended for unanimously passing a bill that will help the public understand more than just the "who, what and when" of police arrests.

Major Conn. Firm Expands Commercial Practice Group

By Law Tribune Staff |

Two attorneys who were formerly with New York firms have recently joined Cummings & Lockwood's commercial practice group. Both will be based in the Stamford office, where they will be part of a unit that represents public and private companies in complex banking and lending, corporate, commercial real estate, transactional and tax matters.

Law Tribune Seeking New Leaders in the Law Nominations

It’s time to start thinking about the Law Tribune’s annual New Leaders in the Law event.

Attorney Facing Financial Probe Permanently Resigns From Bar

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A former New Haven attorney facing claims he took clients' money has permanently waived his privilege of applying for readmission to the bar.


Mark Dubois: Job-Changing Attorneys Can't Grab Files on the Way Out

By Mark Dubois |

Virginia just joined Florida by adopting a rule that makes it an ethical violation for lawyers to grab firm files on their way out the door. Maybe we should do the same thing. It would save a lot of time and effort for everyone involved.

Seated, left to right, Dodie Milardo, Stephanie Evans-Ariker, Lisa Lelas, Patti Urban, Cynthia Cartier, and Erica Azarigian. Ann Nyberg, of Channel 8, standing.

Conn. Attorney's New TV Show Offers Fresh Take on Work-Life Balance

By Megan Spicer |

On a recent Tuesday morning, Guilford attorney Cynthia Cartier was running late to one of her many daily obligations. As she turned the corner into the Branford Community Television Studio, she stopped on the dot to see several colleagues looking at her.

Longtime Law Firm Leader and Ex-State Senator Passes Away

By Law Tribune Staff |

Lewis Rome, one of the founding members of the prominent law firm of Rome McGuigan in Hartford, has passed away, his colleagues confirmed July 2.

Steven Klepper

Conn. Judge's Dismissal of Juror Leads Defense Bar to Seek U.S. Supreme Court Review

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

As anyone who has seen the classic Henry Fonda movie "12 Angry Men" knows, a lone juror can ultimately change the outcome in a murder trial.

The members of Appearance of Impropriety started off playing cocktail hours, but have expanded their repertoire so that they can rock out when the occasion calls for it.

Band of Lawyers is Big Hit at Legal Gatherings

By Megan Spicer |

The first five minutes of band practice at Ernie Teitell's house is usually spent talking about the day's work, but once everyone gets into the music, the world of Connecticut law is drowned out by the sounds of Appearance of Impropriety.

Sean McElligott

Botched Shoulder Surgery Results in $4.2 Million Verdict

By Law Tribune Staff |

A 58-year-old man who lost use of one of his shoulders due to an allegedly botched—and unnecessary—surgery has been awarded $4.2 million by a New Haven Superior Court jury.

Court Rejects State's Disbarment Request for Lawyer Involved in Fee Dispute

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

The state Appellate Court upheld a lower court's decision to reprimand, rather than disbar, a Bridgeport attorney accused of mishandling a client's funds related to a $1.1 million arbitration award.

Thomas McNamara

Updated: Justices Reject Church's Challenge to Statute of Limitations Extension

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld a $1 million jury verdict in a priest sexual abuse lawsuit filed against the Archdiocese of Hartford.